Keeping wicket - the Pompey player who scored a hat-trick in Palace thrashing

A little fuzzy perhaps but here we see Portsdown Hill Road where it meets London Road. The George pub would be on the right behind the soldiers. 'Picture: Barry Cox Collection

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Older Pompey fans among you might recognise the debonair chap behind the stumps.

It’s Freddie Evans, who at 90 is the oldest member of the Ex-Portsmouth Football Club Professionals’ Reunion Club.

He is pictured in the late 1940s or early ‘50s keeping wicket to Paul Pannell, of Brompton Road, Southsea.

By then, Freddie was playing for Notts County and he went on to marry Paul’s sister Eileen.

Freddie scored a hat-trick for Pompey in a War League 9-1 thrashing of Crystal Palace.